Baby Names Misspelled On Purpose: Does It Bother You?

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I have no problem with baby names being misspelled. I can't. I'm Michele and to most people my name should be spelled like this -- Michelle. And when I see the name Michelle, it looks totally different to me. It's not my name even though it sounds the same.

Not everyone agrees with me and there was a discussion on CafeMom recently about an article that talks about baby names that are misspelled on purpose.

The piece mentioned how Madison can be spelled Madicyn, and Brittany can be Britteny, Brittny, Brittneigh, Brit’nee, Brittani, or Bryttney. The author is against such bastardizations.

One commenter said the world would be boring if every Brittany spelled her name the same way. I like the way she thinks.

A name is very personal. Most likely thought up by mom and dad when baby is still in the womb. It's more than a word; in fact, it's not a word if you go by Scrabble's rules. So why does anyone have to abide by some name rulebook that doesn't exist?

I'm going to get totally word nerdy right now.

Take for instance the words there, their, and they're. They all mean different things, but they sound the same. We accept this. Some of us don't always use the right spelling to go with the meaning they intend, but it's known that there are different uses for these rhyming words.

Why can't we think of names the same way? Brianne, Bree-Ann, and Breanne are spelled different but they all sound the same and they all mean something different because they belong to different people.

Do alternate spellings of a name really bother you?


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NYCBrit NYCBrit

As a Brittny, I have found it to be personally annoying because, when spelling my name out for someone, they look at me as if I'm misspelling my own name.


"No, that's how you spell it. I know, it's weird." gets really tiring to say.

ABles... ABlessedJewel

I personally agree with the author, but I don't think they should be referred to as being "misspelled" because as long as they are spelled as the parents intended, it IS spelled correctly. I welcome being unique, so I say, "Spell it however you like creative parents!!" =)

jeann... jeannesager

I think it depends. I have seen names that were so different from the traditional, that they were unpronouncable. As a Jeanne, I've always dealt with having my name spelled incorrectly . . . which can get extremely frustrating for a kid . . . even though technically mine is the "traditional" while Jean is the American adaptation.

nonmember avatar Abby@AppMtn

I understand the author's perspective.  And you can go too far.  Is Bryelleh pronounced like Briley or Brielle or Briella?  (Not that I know anyone who named a child Bryelleh.)


But variant spellings are really the norm.  Katherine and Catherine, Isabelle and Isobel or, as Jeanne said, Jeanne and Jean.  (And Genie and Gena!)  


As long as parents understand that an unusual spellings only do so much - Madicyn's head still swivels every time the teacher calls Madison, she may well introduce herself as "Madicyn-let-me-spell-it-for-you" and hey, she'll probably end up answering to Maddie, along with all the other Madisons, Madelines and so on ... well, it's not my choice, but it isn't nearly the problem we make it out to be.

xavie... xavierlogan09

everyone spells my son's name wrong. it's xavier but they ask how to spell it they say exavier. it's annoying. i'm not spelling his name wrong other people spell his name wrong.

abels... abelsmama07

ehhhh, i'm half and half here.  my name is regan (pronounced ray-gan, not ree-gan).  according to my mother, my spelling is the "correct" way to spell the name. :)   but most girl's named that spell it... reagan.  so i realize there is more than one way to spell a name, and i'm cool with that.  but there is a fine line between an alternate spelling, and taking a common name and spelling it funky, in order to try and make it original.  i have a cousin who named her daughter, izzabelluh.  come on, that's just annoying.

ABMommy ABMommy

I'm Sarah and of course there is also "Sara". It really doesn't bother me though when I was little I would say my name is Sarah with an H!

Judmr Judmr

My dd's name is Regan and I get all the time REEGAN with the long E sound instead of the long A sound for Reagan. I took out the A in her name to be different! lol'

nonmember avatar Destyni

 I personally always love varied spelling of names like mines is destyni and pronounced as destiny........ my mother had the idea to flip the last 3 letters and found it is still  sounds the same

Seven07 Seven07

I think its really very corny, or tacky to try to be avant garde with your child's name... like living vicariously through your child.. same goes for parents who get highlights for their toddlers or put spiky black leather on their boys and paint their nails black..

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